Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society Always Keeps Things Confidential

September 26, 2011 | Kate Horrell

When I was at the USAA Blogger Event a few weeks ago (after action coming, I promise), the discussion turned to the military relief societies.  Several people commented that service members don’t like to use the relief societies because it means that their command is notified or becomes involved in the situation.   I was a little confused, for I knew that was absolutely untrue for the NMCRS.  In fact, confidentiality is one of the core principles of the NMCRS.  I started thinking about how the other relief societies operate, and realized that some people may not understand how important confidentiality is to the NMCRS, and that they might not seek our assistance for this reason.

The NMCRS offers assistance to active duty and retired sailors and Marines, their spouses (with pre-authorization or power of attorney), widows and surviving children of fallen warriors.  Services include financial counseling, grants and loans, scholarships, new baby budgeting and care classes, nursing assistance through the Visiting Nurse program.  All of these programs are conducted completely free of any command involvement, except for a very limited number of situations where there is evidence of criminal activity, misconduct, or a threat to the security of the command.  Servicemembers may request that their command be notified or invited to join the conversation, but that is never a requirement of the NMCRS.

I hope that reading this will encourage eligible sailors, Marines, and their families to utilize the amazing resources of the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society.  Whether attending a Budget for Baby class, doing a spending plan review with a trained financial counselor, or applying for a scholarship, your interactions with the NMCRS are sure to enrich your life.


  1. NOTHING says:

    Oh Yeah!! The relief society is so wonderful. Yeah they treat you like a dead beat when your borrowing money from them. Even if its the first time. So yeah they make borrowing money from them such a wonderful experience NOT.

  2. Kara says:

    I volunteer at the NMCRS and we do not treat anyone like a deadbeat. We do our best to help everyone, no matter what the situation. There are times when policy does not allow help to be given, but that is not the fault of the employees/volunteers. I have helped numerous people with everything from paying their electric bill to plane tickets for emergency leave home.
    The society also has numerous programs to help service members out, but they don't always get the attention they deserve.

    • Assess says:

      Customer Service is different everywhere you go, and unfortunately there are some unqualified people holding a billet in SOME NMCRSs. But don't let it discourage you from putting out positive messages about your experiences with NMCRS. I was also a volunteer as a budget coordinator. But I done it while also holding down the base position as CFS also. You are right, NMCRS does deserve a more positive outlook, because there are families that truly need their assistance.

  3. guest says:

    She should go get a job if things are that tight.

  4. Assess says:

    Every situation is different. Coming for a Financial Specialist of 14 years having been on both sides of the coin of NMCRS and budget counseling 100s of Servicemembers. Sometimes the stakes are so high that it does not warrant a spouse to work outside of the home. And the stakes that I am describing are, lack of disposable income to hire a sitter, inadequate pay in the area or both. So you have to weigh the odds before running out of the door to seek employment.

  5. twg says:

    yet there's money enough for a sitter while taking classes? that's the unfortunate response to most reading of the situation & sadly a classic assumptive trap.